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post #1 of 22 Old 07-27-2007, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Do I Ever Hate Big Rigs

So, I managed to get out of work early yesterday. I decide to take a ride along Route 2A outside Boston. For those who've never been, it's a nice little jaunt along some historical sites in Concord and Lexington, 40-50mph speed limit and some good turns and dips.

Of course, as soon as I get on there, a giant 18 wheeler pulls out in front of me. This is a one lane state highway, and almost no passing areas. 24 miles an hour. I think I went through every curse in the book about that guy before he finally realized he wasn't on a damn highway and pulled off to go to Route 2 proper.

It's funny, that's the first time I've felt stressed out and angry on my bike since I got be honest, it was like how I am almost everytime I drive my car around this city. It's one of the reasons I got the bike, so I could enjoy the roads again.

Cursed big rigs...back road highways are for us, not you!
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LOL! Road Rage! Time to find a pub and have a cold one.
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Actually back roads are used for delivering freight to all the unappreciative local yocals. When I'm in that situation (on a bike) I pull off and take a five minute breather to let the traffic ahead of me clear out.
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I nearly met one close up the other morning. I stopped at a rest area on the turnpike to get some gas, and as I was getting onto the on ramp, a truck from the truck area pulls right in front of me.
I gunned it and went around, but I winced at what could have been if I had been a little slower getting on.
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post #5 of 22 Old 07-27-2007, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by dante662 View Post
Cursed big rigs...back road highways are for us, not you!
There are no back roads in eastern Massachusetts any more.

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post #6 of 22 Old 07-27-2007, 11:56 AM
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I used to commute down that road(In a car), same thing would happen with a car or SUV fairly often. You'd get one idiot afraid to do the speed limit, and a line of 10-20 cars behind 'em during commuting hours.
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-27-2007, 12:26 PM
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Cool What I love about truckers... when you have two lanes and one truck is making 2 mph over the truck in front of him and tries to pass in the left "passing" lane! Creates a hilarious "rolling road block" that endangers everyone else behind them!

Last time I came up I-5 thru the Siskyou's (sp?) I nearly got side swiped twice by cars scattering to miss one of these "rolling road blocks", and there's a crawl lane on the outside for trucks that people had to swerve into. Some truck drivers (like any other type of driver) are a danger to everyone, the just have bigger weapons!

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I've been wearing an ANSI Class II reflective vest from Saw a friend in his Volvo V70R (not many low Volvos on the road so they're easy to spot) as I was getting on the Mass Pike and waved as I passed. When we got to the exit he caught up and said, "That vest really works - I saw you more than 1/2 mile behind me."

With a blue bike a lot of people think you're a LEO for a couple of seconds, and sometimes they even pull over out of the way! I would not ride around Boston without high-viz clothing. It's either the Meshtex 3 and the vest, or my high-viz AST.

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post #9 of 22 Old 07-27-2007, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by tmcgee View Post
There are no back roads in eastern Massachusetts any more.

that's what I was thinkin too

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post #10 of 22 Old 07-27-2007, 07:48 PM
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The reason for the rolling roadblock or "Elephant Race" as truckers call them is because a lot of trucks have speed limiters in order to conserve fuel for the big fleets. The prudent thing to do is for the driver being overtaken to back off a little so the other truck can get around but as mentioned there are inconsiderate truck drivers too. It's easy to get excited at the truck in heavy traffic going the speed limit instead of the 10-20 mph over that's common in metro areas but chances are the driver is running flat out against the limiter.
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